Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Can you make money on the internet?

Twig heart wreath

Selling on the Internet - Easy Right?
Not so fast. While there are opportunities to sell your handmade creations on-line - It's not quick or easy.
Handmade sun dress and matching purse
This is my third year selling my silk and dried floral home decor on Etsy.  For those who are unfamiliar with Etsy it is an online shopping site for handmade, vintage or supplies.  Take a look for yourself here.  There is everything imaginable for sale on Etsy.
From handmade childrens clothing -
to unusual one of a kind handmade jewelry - handmade pens, photography or artwork - Etsy is the place to find that unusual one of a kind item.

Rainbow moonstone bracelet

Eash seller sets up their own on-line shop.  Once set up, the wait for sales to begin.  I really thought by this time I would have made my first fortune yet I'm still trying to turn a profit.  I mean, take a look at my shop here and the beautiful, one of a kind, handcrafted dried and silk floral home decorations that I create.  The problem is that it's easy to get lost in the crowd.  You need to spend a considerable amount of time promoting what you sell.   If you are thinking of starting an internet business, familiarize yourself with some social media sites, the most popular being facebook, twitter, pinterest or stumbleupon.

Handcrafted wooden pen

On Etsy, there are teams that you can join which give you a chance to socialize, share ideas and help promote one another. You can easily find a team where you fit in as there are numerous teams to choose from.  On Etsy, I found a Christian team called the CASTteam (Christian Artist Street Team) Being a Christian, you like to cross paths with other likeminded Christians. With over 3000 members, the CASTteam is a great way to connect with other Christians from all over the world. On the CASTteam, we help one another with business but more importantly, we support one another as Christians. We share our burdens, we pray for one another, and we laugh and cry together. It's interesting that there are so many different backgrounds or Christian religions represented in the group, yet there is real harmony, as we are all one in Christ.    

Erasable magnetic calendar

So if you are thinking about starting a on-line business, these are just a few of the things you need to think about.  Jump in and who knows who you might meet on-line.


  1. Such a good post Judy - it definitely takes a lot of effort having an online business. But it's also great fun connecting with so many others!

  2. Great post Judy. "Easier said than done" is how I would describe online business...

  3. haha, how funny that we all thought it would be so easy, little did we know huh? but I agree, I couldn't do it without CAST!!!

  4. I am loving being on Etsy and part of CAST team whether I have sales or not! Such an uplifting community and fun to get to know others with a passion for handmade!

  5. What a great post! I love Etsy and the amazing Cast team!

  6. That's for sure, it is not quick and easy for most people who sell. If you were here in the very beginning of Etsy, you probably do much better.

  7. It was a bit easier when I first started...so many vying for the buyers now. Great post, Judy!

  8. Ohhhhh, yes, selling on a saturated market! I am enjoying the experience and grateful for all the opportunities to share my work, but a sale is nice too! :)

  9. Great tips Judy, it is true it's hard work but totally worth it. CAST is an amazing group and I am so grateful to be part of it. Blessings Niki x

  10. Thank you for this post, Judy. I am still new to the whole online thing. Communicating with people without meeting or seeing them face to face is a new challenge. I am thankful for Etsy to showcase my work and CAST has been the inspiration to sharpen my networking skills. Relationships are the most important thing I have found in this whole enterprise. I am glad I am not reliant on the income!!

  11. What a great post! I didn't know about the Cast Team, it sounds like a wondeful team. Best Wishes to All :)

  12. Judy, wonderful post! I appreciate your insights on both online businesses and relationships. I agree the two go hand in hand! Thank you for sharing this, and God bless!!